Education panel approves report on A-F accountability system

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INDIANAPOLIS (October 31, 2013) – A panel tasked with studying the state’s A-F accountability system has completed its report.

The Accountability Systems Review Panel chaired by Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Dr. Steven Yager of Southwest Allen County Schools also recommended a new model for school accountability. The group was formed after a Memorandum of Understanding by Ritz, Gov. Mike Pence, House Speaker Brian Bosma and President Pro Tempore David Long.

The report recommends changes in Indiana’s current model, which came under fire after emails revealed that former Superintendent Tony Bennett and his staff altered the system. The new report, approved in a 16-1 vote by the group, includes the following criteria:

  • Growth for all students is highly valued and schools will be rewarded for individual student growth.
  • Schools deserve a model that is clear, understandable, fair, and transparent. Schools will be able to understand the statistical calculations and be able to use the data to inform instruction.
  • Multiple data points of English/language arts, math, reading, college and career ready indicators, and graduation rates will inform both growth and performance accountability.
  • The model will allow for flexibility for changes in assessment, allow for all configurations of school grade level spans, and will align with federal Title I category requirements.

Members of the panel were appointed by Ritz, Pence, Bosma and Long. The panel recommends that the new accountability standards begin in the 2014-2015 school year.

The report now goes to the State Board of Education for approval.

You can read the full report here.

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